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People sit up and take note when Nina Conti appears on stage. In a world dominated by male comedians, being a woman can sometimes be a novelty in itself. But that’s not what sets her apart: Nina is charming, quick-witted and truly inventive. Oh…and she’s also a hugely talented ventriloquist. Now, you can come out from behind that sofa – Nina’s act is nothing like the creepy stuff you see in old horror films or, worse still, the pure cheese of Keith Harris and Orville. It’s safe to say that Nina Conti has completely re-invented ventriloquism – and is taking the world by storm.
Nina Conti – an instant hit
Nina Conti’s first foray into ventriloquism came about in 2001, when she appeared in a play devised by Ken Campbell called ‘Let Me Out!!!’ Just one year later, she won the BBC New Comedy Awards and came second in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. Nina took her first solo full length show, ‘Complete and Utter Conti’, to Edinburgh in 2007, which went on to win the prestigious BARRY Award in 2008; and her 2009 show proved to be a massive sellout. Perhaps her most personal and thought provoking performance came in the shape of ‘Dolly Mixtures’, which wowed audiences in 2012.
Comedian, ventriloquist, actor, writer, director…
A trained actress, Nina counts Christopher Guest as one of her biggest fans, and appeared in his movie ‘For Your Consideration’, and his HBO mockumentary series, ‘Family Tree’. In 2012, Nina wrote and directed her own award winning documentary about ventriloquism – ‘Her Master’s Voice’ – which got rave reviews: Sunday Times critic, A A Gill, said: ‘Watch it. It will leave you speechless.’
Meet the puppets!
What we love about Nina Conti is that she’s always coming up with something new. Most of us are familiar with ‘Monk’ – a cynical little monkey who continually insults her and swears when he doesn’t get what he wants. Granny (based on her own grandmother) is another favourite. But have you seen her ‘mini-me’? or the posh lady-pitbull? And it’s well worth going to see her do this amazing thing using a face mask that covers the lower half of an audience participant’s face – which she manipulates, making them say things they probably don’t want to. Hard to describe, but incredible to watch!
What people say about Nina Conti
‘warm stage presence and deft comic timing’ -The Guardian
‘clever, witty and downright brilliant’ – The Mirror
‘A mighty imagination at work’ – Sunday Times
What Nina says about ventriloquism
Nina relishes the buzz of a live show. ‘There are times when I am properly playing in the make believe, getting lost in the conversation. Athletes call it being in the zone.’